Rolls-Royce designed vessel named ‘Ship of the Year’ for the second year running

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

An offshore vessel, designed and equipped by Rolls-Royce, has today been named Skipsrevyen ‘Ship of the Year’ at the Nor-Shipping industry event in Oslo, Norway.

The Far Samson - a UT 761 CD design - is the world’s most powerful offshore vessel and entered service recently with Farstad Shipping on a contract to plough pipeline trenches in the North Sea, out of Aberdeen. ‘Ship of the Year’ was awarded jointly to shipowner Farstad Shipping, the yard STX Europe and designer Rolls-Royce.

The accolade builds on last year’s success, when the Rolls-Royce designed UT vessel, the UT 767 CD Island Wellserver, also won this prestigious award.

Rolls-Royce President – Offshore, Anders Almestad said: “This award shows how adaptable our UT design is and we are delighted that the technical capabilities and environmental credentials of the Far Samson have been recognised by the maritime industry.”

Leading representatives of the shipping industry voted Far Samson as ‘Ship of the Year 2009’ because of ‘its state-of-the-art design and enormous capacity to perform as a seabed pipeline trenching vessel’. It was also recognised for its environmental performance, efficiency and innovative features, which collectively reduce the operating costs of the vessel.

The award judges said: “Far Samson represents the cutting edge of what is technologically possible, and is therefore a worthy winner of this year’s award.”

Over 650 Rolls-Royce designed UT vessels are either in service or under construction around the world and the Far Samson is equipped with a Rolls-Royce propulsion system, diesel engines, thrusters, steering gear and controllable pitch propellers.

The vessel can perform a variety of tasks on the seabed and its power is particularly suited to pipeline trenching, where its record-breaking continuous bollard pullof 423 tonnes means it is capable of cutting trenches 2.5 metres deep, a metre deeper than previously possible.

A Rolls-Royce propulsion system combining diesel electric and diesel mechanical transmission provides Far Samson with optimal operating flexibility, fuel economy and minimum exhaust emissions.

The ship’s environmental performance is further enhanced with diesel engines that meet clean design class rules. Catalytic converters are also fitted to the generator sets, giving a 95 per cent nitrogen oxide (NOx) reduction.

  1. Rolls-Royce, a world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, has established a strong position in global markets - civil aerospace, defence aerospace, marine and energy.
  2. The Marine business of Rolls-Royce employs 8,000 people in 34 countries with the main manufacturing centres being in the UK, the Nordic countries, the United States and increasingly Asia.
  3. Rolls-Royce is a world leader in marine solutions, providing products, service and expertise to more than 30,000 vessels in the offshore, merchant, naval surface and submarine markets. It designs ships and its product range includes propulsion systems featuring diesel engines and gas turbines, propellers, thrusters and water jets. Rolls-Royce also provides manoeuvring and stabilising systems and deck machinery. Around 30 per cent of Marine turnover is derived from service support activity, with a global network of sales and service offices in 34 countries. Rolls-Royce equipment is in service with more than 70 navies.
  4. The Rolls-Royce Group has a broad customer base including more than 600 airlines, 4,000 corporate and utility aircraft and helicopter operators, 160 armed forces, more than 2,000 main customers, including 70 navies, and energy customers in nearly 120 countries. With facilities in 50 countries, Rolls-Royce employs 39,000 people worldwide and has businesses headquartered in the UK, US, Canada, Germany, Scandinavia, Singapore and China. This global presence allows the Group to access long-term international growth opportunities.
  5. Rolls-Royce continues to invest in core technologies, products, people and capabilities with the objective of broadening and strengthening the product portfolio, improving efficiency and enhancing the environmental performance of its products.
  6. In 2008, Rolls-Royce invested over £885 million on research and development, two thirds of which had the objective of further improving the environmental aspects of its products. The primary technology investment area is aimed at reducing noise and emissions.
  7. Norwegian shipping magazine Skipsrevyen institutes the Ship of the Year award. The readers of the magazine nominate candidates, and the winner is selected by a jury comprising leading figures from the shipping industry.
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